“The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer” ...

Christopher Clarey has covered the game of tennis worldwide as a correspondent for the New York Times for over 30 years. Now this Coronado High School athlete and scholar has written a book entitled “The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer” dedicated to one of the greatest tennis players of our time.

Christopher Clarey has covered the game of tennis worldwide as a correspondent for the New York Times for over 30 years. Now this Coronado High School athlete and scholar has written a book entitled “The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer” dedicated to one of the greatest tennis players of our time.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son and grandson of Navy admirals, Clarey traveled and lived in many places growing up and learned to speak three languages. His father’s position in the Navy landed him in Coronado in the seventh grade and he went on to attend Coronado High School where he played tennis and soccer.

“Tennis was always my favorite sport,” said Clarey. “I spent a lot of time at the Robbin Adair courts during my high school years in Coronado. Robbin was my tennis coach and a special person in my life who died far too young and whom I miss very much.”

Clarey also wrote for the high school paper as co-editor under the tutelage of Margaret Wright who was also his English teacher. “I gained a lot of experience and inspiration from her as a teacher,” said Clarey. “It was something I loved and was destined to do.”

Clarey went on to attend Williams College where he majored in English and History, as well as played tennis, soccer and volleyball.

Clarey began his career with the San Diego Union Tribune as an intern. “Some of my first articles were about the fish counts in San Diego,” said Clarey. “It’s amazing to look back and think about doing that at the beginning of my career.”

This award-winning journalist has covered more than 90 Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the Olympics, World Cup soccer, the Ryder Cup, world track and field championships, and the Super Bowl. However, tennis was always his first love and the book covering the illustrious career of Federer was a long time in the making.

“I have wanted to write a book like this for a very long time”, said Clarey. “I felt like Rogers main body of work was already finished and that if I didn’t do it now, someone else would and I would live with regret.”

“The Master” is an intimate look into the private life and career of one of tennis’s greats. Clarey has written an exciting book that gives the reader professional and personal insight into the life of Federer, as well as the hard work, struggles, support and the pursuit of greatness that never wavered with one of the sport’s most admired players. But what sets this piece apart from the rest, is the access that Clarey had to not only Federer, but also his rivals and those closest to him. Clarey has covered Federer since the beginning of his career. He was there for his first Grand Slam match and has interviewed Federer exclusively, more than any other journalist, as Federer made his way to becoming No. 1.

“I’ve had incredible access to this generation of men’s tennis for over 20 years”, said Clarey. ”I think what separates this book, is (my) access to his rivals, like Djokovic and Nadal, Sampras and Agassi. I’ve been able to talk with them, as well, and have also known some of them since the beginning of their careers, too. This book is about Roger and him trying to understand the elements of his life while not being a passenger. But it’s also about this incredible era of men’s tennis that I’m not sure we will ever see again.”

Clarey’s love for the game of tennis and that of reading and the written word, is not a mystery. Clarey’s mother, Bonnie Clarey, was a tennis player who still holds a lifetime membership to the USTA.

“I considered tennis a community thread when my husband was deployed (with the Navy),” said Bonnie. “Chris’s grandfather played tennis and I am pretty sure Chris had a racquet in his hand coming home from the hospital!”

As for the written word, Bonnie was also part of a Coronado program called “Rolling Readers” for 20 years, as well as a productive volunteer at various Coronado schools reading to children and helping to identify those in need of assistance. “I would have liked to have been a teacher but I loved being part of something that enabled children to love reading”, said Bonnie.

Clarey’s dad, Stephen S. Clarey, spent a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy where he retired as a rear admiral, as well as having a longtime civilian career with General Dynamics National Steel and Ship Building Company (NASSCO). Both accomplished individuals in their own right, Bonnie and Steve only want to focus on the pride they have for Christopher’s career and the success of his book.

“Christopher is a humble and appreciative man,” said Bonnie.

“We have always watched him take the high road and allow someone else to write the negative items,” said Steve. “Christopher has a thoughtful component to his writing and he is well regarded in the journalistic community. For that we are both proud.”

When asked if Christopher ever considered a career in the Navy like his father and grandfather before him, both were quick to answer. “Chris realized that his father’s dedication to his country kept him absent from his family a lot. It was not a lifestyle that he wanted,” they said.

“The irony is now that he is a global sports writer, he does travel a lot,” said Steve. “But for him, he’s only gone a few days or a week at a time and then he comes back to his family. I was gone for months at a time.”

Prior to the completion of “The Master,” Clarey was the recipient of the Eugene L. Scott Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the breaking news category, and the first recipient of the Alan Trengove Award for excellence in tennis journalism. Presently “The Master” is on the New York Times bestseller list and receiving rave reviews from tennis fans and tennis greats alike:

Chris Evert, American former No. 1 player and winner of 18 Grand Slam Singles championships, states: “An iconic master in his own field, Christopher Clarey is the perfect writer to wrap up this gift that is Roger Federer’s career.”

A review from Mike Tirico, host of NBC Sports, said, “With the same elegance and excellence that defined Roger Federer’s great career, Christopher Clarey has chronicled the making of a legend. ‘The Master’ is a truly enjoyable deep dive into the qualities that set Federer apart from the rest.”

Martina Navratilova, former world No. 1 tennis player and winner of 18 Grand Slam Singles titles, had this to say: “Roger Federer plays tennis like Michelangelo painted: every stroke is perfection, the end result a masterpiece. Christopher Clarey captured just that.”

High praise from peers and a book that will not disappoint tennis fans and sports fans looking to go on a journey through what it takes to work hard, set goals, make tough decisions, and achieve the ultimate prize at the top of your game.

Reading “The Master” is like sitting down and turning the pages of a murder mystery novel. It’s a dedicated and heartfelt synopsis of a tennis legend that must carefully think, plot and move through the obstacles in his way to obtain goals set at a young age. The best part is when you reach the end of the story you are looking for more. Clarey has given us a sentimental journey that will make us genuinely miss Roger Federer when he places his racquet in his bag for the last time and waves goodbye.

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